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  • CUI preparation -- who conducts the inspection

    In preparation for the consolidated unit inspection, I want to articulate to you who the inspector general is and who to expect here in September.The inspector general of the Air Force is the top dog in the arenas of inspection and complaints resolution for the Air Force. According to the official homepage, the IG independently assesses the
  • Practicing fiscal responsibility

    The continually increasing debt is the biggest threat we have to our national security." These were the words of Adm. Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff. With sequestration looming and a national debt that tops $16 trillion, there is no question that the United States military will be forced to drastically cut spending in
  • ‘Why do I continue to serve?’

    When you think of the words "Airman" and "warrior," do they resonate with you? On Feb. 27, Squadron Officer School will showcase two wounded warriors that embody the terms "Airman" and "warrior," in an effort to persuade company-grade officers that these terms are not just buzzwords. SOS presents Warrior Symposium as a capstone event, designed to
  • Safety … How are we really doing?

    Let's talk safety, I mean really talk bottom line safety. As a whole, I think we talk a good talk, but are we truly effective? Do we really know whether we're having an impact or not? We know each one of us plays a role in ensuring our own safety and that of those around us, whether co-workers, family or friends. However, safety tends to be one of
  • Steady-state mission readiness

    Happy February! Let me start by saying thanks to all who have helped initiate this series of articles providing information and updates, as we prepare Team Maxwell for our consolidated unit inspection in September. As noted in last month's commentary, the inspection system and the philosophy of inspecting have changed. And they changed
  • Un-gendering service

    Any commentary offered by a man to women regarding their military service is suspect. A commentary by a retired infantryman written expressly for women who desire to serve in the infantry or any direct combat position is very suspect. My sergeant once admonished, "Sir, talk about only what you know." Thirty years in the infantry, two wars, multiple
  • Attention to (standards) detail

    Gen. George Patton may have said it best: "It is absurd to believe that Soldiers who cannot be made to wear the proper uniform can be induced to move forward in battle. (Those) who fail to perform their duty by correcting small violations and in enforcing proper conduct are incapable of leading."While this was before the conception of the U.S. Air
  • The confidence conundrum

    People want to follow leaders who are self-assured. Few of us find value in working for or being led by those who are unsure of their own abilities or decisions. Confidence on the part of a leader, typically gained through experience and validation of technical and professional ability, inspires trust and certainty in others. Are you a confident
  • Inspections – a whole new world

    This new year, like the many that came before, will bring change and opportunity for our Air Force and our Airmen. One such change is the new inspector general criteria for inspections across Air Force installations. Team Maxwell is scheduled to receive a consolidated unit inspection in September. So what is a CUI and how is it any different from
  • Fostering teamwork: It's not about you

    Henry Ward Beecher once stated, "No man is more cheated than the selfish man." Individualism, entitlement, self-servitude and egotism well ingrained in our personalities are cancers to team development. The cure rests in selflessness, genuine caring of others and a strategic mindset. The implementation of these traits requires thought.A great team